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Cambodia Diving & Marine Conservation - Divemaster Course Add-on


Projects Abroad volunteers get ready to dive at the Shark Conservation project in Cambodia

Take the plunge and complete your PADI Divemaster certification while volunteering on the Diving and Marine Conservation project in Cambodia.

While working towards your qualification, you will be attending both wet and dry class sessions under the supervision of an experienced PADI instructor. A personal mentor and Projects Abroad staff will also be available to assist you as you perfect your dive and rescue skills. The aim of the course is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage and supervise your own diving groups.

You will learn how to manage dive groups, conduct dive briefings, map dive sites and protect fragile marine environments. PADI Divemasters are respected diving professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organisation in the world. Your divemaster certification will let you to work in some of the best destinations around the world, or you can choose to use your skills closer to home. The possibilities are endless!

After this programme you will be ready to work in the diving industry as a divemaster, or sign up for the Instructor Development Course to further your career in scuba diving.

What costs are involved in becoming a divemaster?

A Projects Abroad Marine Conservation volunteer explores the underwater world of the Koh Sdach Archipelago during a dive at her project in Cambodia

Costs of the divemaster course depend on your experience and current dive certification level. The more skills and experience you already have, the bigger the discount. There are three price options listed on prices page:

  • EFR and Rescue Divers with at least 40+ logged dives pay a discounted price
  • Rescue or Advanced Open Water Divers with at least 30 logged dives pay a slightly discounted price
  • All others pay the standard price

In addition,anyone taking the divemaster course must pay the programme fee for the Conservation Project. It is not possible to do just the divemaster course – you must also volunteer on the Conservation Project and pay that programme fee.

All required divemaster specific gear will be supplied on site, but it is recommended that you buy your own private gear if you are looking to pursue a career in diving. You will need to pay your own PADI Divemaster membership fees (about £100) separately.

Timeline for becoming a divemaster

The divemaster course can be completed in 12 weeks, depending on how many dives you have previously logged.

  • EFR and Rescue Divers with at least 40+ logged dives: 12 weeks
  • Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with 30+ logged dives:14 weeks minimum
  • All others: 18 weeks

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